‘The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y., was fined by the state of New York for failing to provide compensation coverage for its staffers.
The freshman democratic socialist’s campaign “did not have the required workers’ compensation coverage from March 31, 2018 to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which it paid,” Melissa Stewart, director of public information at the state’s Workers Compensation Board told the New York Daily News.
“This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries,” Stewart added.
Democrats and Republicans alike have accused Ocasio–Cortez of hypocrisy.
“It’s not a great look,” one Democratic campaign veteran told the Daily News. “This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers.”
GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud agreed: “Hypocrisy at its finest. The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It’s unbelievable.”
Every employer is required to cover the cost of compensation coverage, and can easily do so by deducting up to 60 cents per week from each worker’s paycheck.
“Every covered employer bears the cost of providing benefits in excess of the contributions collected from employees,” the Workers Compensation Board told the New York Post.
A spokesman for Ocasio–Cortez said he’s looking into the matter but declined to comment.
Although she often has come under scrutiny for failing to consider the cost of her promises, Ocasio–Cortez nonetheless has prided herself on her generosity. Last month, she announced that she would pay her congressional interns at least $15 per hour.
“Time to walk the walk,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be one of them.”
She also called on other congressional lawmakers to increase pay for their interns and staffers, saying she spoke to several staff members who were upset about how little they made for how hard they worked.
“This is a disgrace,” she wrote on Twitter. “Congress of ALL places should raise MRAs so we can pay staff an actual DC living wage.”